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Friday, February 29, 2008

Johns Hopkins joins Open Content Alliance

Sarah Grant, Hopkins digitizes special collection, Johns Hopkins News-Letter, February 21, 2008. Apparently the first materials to be digitized in the university's partnership with the Open Content Alliance are a special collection of "anti-slavery pamphlets and publications that ran from the late 19th century through the Reconstruction period" compiled by abolitionist leader James Birney.

Comment. The article makes a number of confusing statements, the most egregious of which is the claim that materials digitized through the program are "available for downloading and reuse for any member of OCA". In fact, the materials are OA, not just for universities participating in the Open Content Alliance.